~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday June 22, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- How Far Along Are with With the 2010 Wheat Harvest?
-- Latest Crop Weather Report Pegs Oklahoma Wheat Harvest at 53%
-- The Word For Today in Beef Circles- Separation
-- The Supremes Side with Monsanto on RR Alfalfa
-- Big Iron Sale Tomorrow Offering Almost 700 Lots
-- When you are in a country that has a name like this one- it's NOT Hot at All.
-- Oklahoma flood control dams saved state over $16 million during recent heavy rains
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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How Far Along Are with With the 2010 Wheat Harvest?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mike Schulte of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission thinks we are awfully close to being 2/3 of the way done statewide, with more acres cut daily with the current stretch of hot days with abundant sunshine. Most wheat in the state- except for irrigated wheat in the Panhandle- is dead ripe and the only thing holding farmers back is mud in the fields themselves.
A common theme at several locations reported on by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission on Monday afternoon was that dockage was higher than expected in some locales- with lots of cheat and rye giving farmers problems. yields have held up well- and we might end up with a slightly higher average yield statewide than what USDA predicted earlier this month (My guess- not the OWC)
Schulte told us he thinks most areas will have almost completed wheat harvest by this weekend- except for those irrigated fields where combines may roll by the end of the week. One encouraging sign that we are hearing from both the OWC and from farmers on a direct basis is that protein seems to be improving.
Hope Pjesky emails us about some Endurance wheat in southeastern
Alfalfa County that had been grazed- is yielding almost 44 bushels an
acre, test weights from 57 to 59 pounds and had a protein of 12.6%.
Click here for a location by location rundown of where we are on Wheat Harvest 2010- plus audio comments from Mike Schulte of the OWC
Latest Crop Weather Report Pegs Oklahoma Wheat Harvest at 53%
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather update has wheat harvest a little behind where the Oklahoma Wheat Commission shows us- they report "Despite the storms and wet conditions in some areas of the state, wheat harvested increased 15 points to 53 percent complete, 14 points behind normal. Rye harvested was 59 percent complete, a 21 point increase from the previous week and five points ahead of normal. Oats harvested reached 72 percent complete, well ahead of normal, and nine percent of oats were plowed by week's end."
In Kansas, wheat harvest is just really cranking up after heavy rains early last week- they have ten percent of their crop harvested (quality and quantity appears to be better than expected in south central Kansas) while the Texas wheat harvest is now at 43%.
For our Oklahoma row crops- "Row crop conditions continue to be rated mostly in the good to fair range and benefited from the additional moisture. Corn silking reached 15 percent complete, two points ahead of the previous year but seven points behind normal. Eighty-one percent of the sorghum crop had been planted, 14 points ahead of normal. Sorghum emerged reached 68 percent complete by Sunday, 20 points ahead of the five-year average. Eighty-one percent of soybeans were planted, a six point increase and 13 points ahead of normal. Soybeans emerged reached 76 percent complete, a 10 point increase from the previous week and 22 points ahead of the five-year average. Cotton emerged reached 89 percent complete, four points ahead of normal."
You can click on our LINK below to jump to the complete report from NASS in Oklahoma City as issued on Monday afternoon.
Click here for the latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update from NASS and USDA
The Word For Today in Beef Circles- Separation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The push continues and seems to be getting more focused by at least six groups that represent cattle producers to get "separation" between the NCBA policy making efforts and the checkoff side of things now under the NCBA umbrella- the Federation of State Beef Councils.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has been working for over a year on a Governance plan, which would streamline the organization and would embrace the Federation of State Beef Councils even more closely than the the current structure.
After the NCBA voted to proceed with their plans at their annual meeting in San Antonio this past February- six groups, including the American Farm Bureau, National Farmers Union and the Livestock Marketing Association, wrote a letter to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack saying they had a beef with the cozy nature of the Federation within the NCBA proposal. NCBA replied to that letter and gave USDA feedbackat that point in March.
Since that time- there have been several meetings between USDA and the NCBA, between USDA and these groups, between NCBA and the other groups and at least one meeting just last week with everybody either in the room or on via teleconference. Coming out of that meeting is that USDA has still not offered a final word to NCBA on the legality of their efforts- and word from the disenfranchised groups that they expect true separation to occur. If and when that happens, they will be on board with NCBA to work with Congress to change the Beef Checkoff Act and Order to raise the assessment on producers from the current dollar to as much as two dollars per head. NCBA dismissed those ideas- said they would be finishing up their by law changes to get them to their membership and will also get a copy to USDA- and would hope that USDA would find the firewalls that NCBA proposes adequate. NCBA says the changes they have made in recent days more than adequately address the concerns raised by USDA and the outside groups.
We look at this disagreement between NCBA and a host of other groups that have cattle producers in their membership and probably control the fate of any effort to get a higher rate for the Beef Checkoff now or in the future. Click on the LINK below to hear a special Beef Buzz on this subject- getting a word from both sides in edgewise.
Click here for more on the Separation Debate as it relates to the Federation of State Beef Councils
The Supremes Side with Monsanto on RR Alfalfa
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with Monsanto and overturned a three-year-old ban on the company's genetically modified alfalfa seed.
Roundup Ready alfalfa was reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approved by U.S. Department of Agriculture before entering the market in 2005. The seeds are genetically engineered to resist Monsanto's Roundup weed killer.
A 2007 court order in California blocked Monsanto from selling and farmers from planting the alfalfa seeds until the federal government completed an environmental study on the seeds' impact on other alfalfa crops.
In a 7-1 vote, the Supreme Court reversed a ruling by a federal appeals
court that kept Monsanto's alfalfa seeds from being sold or planted.
Associate Justice John Stevens filed a dissenting opinion, and Associate
Justice Stephen Breyer took no part in the case.
We have a couple of stories on our website about this Decision by SCOTUS- click here for our initial story which includes comments from the Monsanto news release on the Decision- as well as a link to the decision itself. Click on the LINK below to jump to reaction that has been offered by a coalition of Ag groups that had filed a Friend of the Court Brief in support of Monsanto.
Click here to see reaction from Farm Bureau, Wheat Growers, Soybean and Cotton groups on this decision.
Big Iron Sale Tomorrow Offering Almost 700 Lots
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There will be an emphasis on antique machinery on the next Big Iron No Reserve Farm Equipment Auction that will start closing at 10 AM tomorrow morning (Wednesday June 23).
There are items from at least a half dozen states- including consignments from Oklahoma- and you can go to the LINK we have below to see the full listing.
You can also call Big Iron if you have questions about how to bid and how to consign to future auctions- they have them about every two weeks. Call 1-800-937-3558 to speak to a certified Big Iron sales representative.
Click here to jump to the June 23 listing from Big Iron and their Consignments of Farm Machinery- including lots of Antique equipment.
When you are in a country that has a name like this one- it's NOT Hot at All.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We will be receiving updates the next few days from Melissa Eisenhauer with the Oklahoma Youth Expo as she travels with the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Encounter group in the South American nation of Chile. It's winter there and Melissa alludes to that in her comments that she sent in last night about their Monday travels.
She writes "Today was our third day here in Chile and it was an
exciting day. Today was really our first day of touring agricultural
production. Yesterday we visited the Port of Valparaiso, which is one of
the leading ports for exportation of agricultural products in the world.
Chile is a beautiful and very vast and diverse country and we are very
excited to see as much agriculture as possible.
The OALE is an outgrowth of the Oklahoma Youth Expo- and offers college age youth a leadership development opportunity that includes a series of seminars over the course of a year. The current group of OALE men and ladies are wrapping up their year long curriculum with this international travel experience. A part of their experience includes working as a part of the operational team for the annual Oklahoma Youth Expo which is held each March at Oklahoma State Fair Park.
Click here for more on the OALE from the Oklahoma Youth Expo website.
Oklahoma flood control dams saved state over $16 million during recent heavy rains
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's system of upstream flood control dams saved the state over $16 million in flood damage that did not happen during the heavy rains that hit central Oklahoma this past week, a savings that can be directly attributed to the dollars the state government spends on conservation, according to Trey Lam, President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.
"These huge rain events once again show the benefit our state receives every year from our flood control structures and the wisdom our state leaders have shown in providing the funding necessary to support their operation," Lam said. "Oklahoma has more flood control dams built under the USDA watershed program than any other state in the union, dams that economists at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) say saved our state an additional $16 million during these last storm events. This is on top of the over $70 million in protection these dams, on average, provide to Oklahoma every year. Once again our flood control system and the people who maintain it have proven their worth. This shows why the support of the state and federal government for conservation is so important, because it would be terrible if we had to furlough the folks who look after these structures or if we didn't have the dollars necessary to guarantee their safety."
Click on the link below to read more on this story- Lam and the OACD believe that we need to keep dollars flowing to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission to keep these benefits in place..
Click here for more on the Flood Control Dam Story from OACD
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Let's Check the Markets!
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